Professional and amateur breeders shared the limelight at last weekend’s British Breeders Awards Ceremony in London.
On the big stud end of the scale Lynne Crowden of Woodlander Stud and Sarah and Alice Oppenheimer from Headmore Stud collected young horse awards from British Dressage for their acclaimed horses Woodlander Farouche and Headmore Wimoweh respectively. Woodlander stud also took home several Futurity awards. Brendon Stud’s Shirley Light took home another young horse award from British Showjumping for her talented mare Sussex Caretino.
In contrast, several small breeders, breeding just one or two horses a year had a successful night as well. In town to receive their awards were Aram Gregory who bred the yearling futurity award winner, Timolin and Sharon Bishop who bred Parkfield Quintessential, the 4-year old British Eventing Young Horse Award winner.
Selected from many worthy winners of the Horse & Hound Outstanding Mare Award were Jon and Julie Deverill for Waldfee, dam of dressage superstar, Half Moon Delphi.
The British Equestrian Federation Olympic Award to the Highest Placed British Bred Horses in Equestrian Team GB at the Olympics went to, Tripple XIII, bred by his rider, Ben Maher; Miners Frolic, bred by Maurice Pinto and ridden by Tina Cook; and Opposition Buzz, bred and owned by Rosemary Search and ridden by Nicola Wilson.
One of the regular highlights of the dinner is the South Essex Insurance Brokers (SEIB) Meritoire award.
This went to long-time breeder, trainer of both horses and people and international rider David Pincus of Sheepcote Stud. Pincus said he made the decision several years ago to ride and compete only on home-bred horses, “which in itself brings it limitations, but also its rewards and it is satisfying that it has been noticed we do quite a good job”, he said.
“To breed one grand prix horse is an achievement, but to breed three or four as we have at Sheepcote, it is a big achievement for our family”.
This packed and entertaining evening also recognises the achievements of former racehorses in the UK. South Essex Insurance Brokers and Retraining of Racehorses once again sponsored the valuable Elite Performance Awards at the dinner for the best former racehorses now competing in showing, dressage, eventing, showjumping and endurance,